There is this ice cream place near us that only serves vanilla and chocolate custard-style ice cream each day. Along with those flavors, there is a special flavor of the day. We love this ice cream place so much, that I will check out the flavor of the day almost every day just in case we need to make time to go get ice cream that day! I think that eating yummy ice cream (with sprinkles, of course!) dripping from a cone is a classic sign that summer is here…or just about here. Our printable ice cream emergent reader goes perfectly with all things summer, and includes beginning sight words and repetition which is perfect for those preschoolers heading to kindergarten!
Ice Cream Emergent Reader
Our free printable ice cream emergent reader includes the easiest prep instructions ever!
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It is set up to print the cover page and then the 6 pages of the story, so that all you have to do is print, cut and staple. Each printed page of the emergent reader has 2 of the same page of the story on it – one on the top and one on the bottom. This means that after you print, all you have to do is stack the pages in order, and then use the paper cutter to cut down the gray dotted line in the middle. After you cut the book in 1/2, staple the pages together in the upper left corner.
Seriously, that’s it!
Each page of the ice cream emergent reader has similar words on it and a big ice cream cone.
The text is repetitive except for the color word. Only the color word changes on each page. This allows early readers to be able to pick up on the high frequency sight words and themed words that do not change on each page.
Reading Emergent Readers With Kids
There are many different ways to read our ice cream emergent reader with little learners. In my own classroom, how we read them depends on who is sitting at the table with me. Mid-way through our school year, when working with color words, I would have 3 different reading styles going on with one emergent reader.
And my preschoolers LOVE our printable books that they can read!
Sometimes I will have the group go through each page with me and find the color word. We take the time to use the same color crayon to color the color word on each page. Then we go back to the beginning, so that I can read the first page to the group.
We practice bouncing our finger under each words as it’s read aloud. With the repetitive text, the group quickly picks up on the words. With the color word colored in, the group already knows what the word will be, and is able to bounce and read fluidly across the page.
With another group, I simply ask them to find the color words and color the ice cream the correct color. We have the color words hanging on the wall in our classroom, so they get right to work using that wall as a resource.
After the ice cream cones are colored in, I will read the words on the first page. This group will usually read along with me!
I also have a few readers who can read like early kindergartners and can sit down and just read along with me.
No matter which group comes to my table though, they all leave just a little more confident. And that’s really all I can ask for as they are getting ready to head into kindergarten next year!
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